How to Remove Carpet Stains

There’s a lot of general information on the web about removing carpet stains, but few sources help you out when you’re in need of a technique to remove a specific type of stain. For example, it’s not as difficult to remove red wine from carpet as it is to remove grease carpet stains.

Knowing how to deal with a specific type of stain is crucial and it can save you a lot of time. Let’s take a look at some of the most common carpet stains and how to remove them:

Bleach Carpet Stains

Probably one of the toughest stains you’ll deal with, bleach will remove the dye from your carpet. So in truth, it’s not a stain, but the discoloration of the carpet, which you can’t really fix, unless you re-dye that area. Some carpet cleaners also allow spot dyeing, so instead of wasting time trying to get the bleach “off” (although technically it’s never on), you might want to fix the carpet this way.

Red wine on a carpetRed Wine Stains

This is actually an interesting technique and it’s a “fight fire with fire” type of carpet cleaning. In order to remove red wine from carpets, you’ll need…white wine.

First off, you’ll have to be quick to wipe the floor when you spill the red wine, in order to try to absorb most of the liquid, so that it doesn’t go too deep into the root of the carpet.

After the area is dry, spilling white wine on top of the stain will negate the effect of the red wine. If it doesn’t work from the first try, rinse and repeat.

Lipstick Stains

What you’ll need to remove lipstick is the following: Ivory soap, a cup of warm water and a washcloth. It’s pretty much the standard, but then again lipstick should be fairly easy to remove. Just get the washcloth wet, apply some soap and start rubbing. If it’s a tougher lipstick, you may want to rub in some petroleum jelly first. Then simply scrape the jelly up using a sharp knife and you’re done.

Grease Stains

Grease is a little tough to remove, but if you follow some basic steps, you should be able to remove it from your floor. First off, try removing the bigger chunk of grease with a towel or cloth, if it’s fresh. If it solidified, scrape it off with a knife or a metallic object.

Apply rubbing alcohol on a cotton cloth and gently dab it over the area where the grease stain was. Do this a couple of times and when you see no more grease transfer on the cloth, you’re done.

Ink Stains

Just like with most liquid type stains, ink stains can be removed more effectively if they are treated early on, right after the spill occurred. You can use rubbing alcohol to clean ink stains, but make sure you don’t pour it directly on the carpet. Instead, use some cotton cloth with the alcohol and gently dab the ink blot.

Push the cloth down, then retreat it upwards and let it absorb the ink. Do this a couple of times and your stain should be long gone.

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